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Cleaning up an old Wellsaw M1000 Horizontal Bandsaw, Part 4:
A bunch of the smaller parts just needed cleaning and repainting...
The main support arch got stripped and cleaned...
And then given a fresh coat of paint.
With those parts drying, next on the list was attending the blade guide arms, which were looking decidedly shabby.
I'd been using the saw for a couple of years before discovering that the
arms were on backwards-
or at least somebody had moved the blade brush
from the rear arm,
where it's supposed to be, to the front arm, where it does no good.
Each guide-roller assembly has two sets of setscrew adjusters, one for
the roller assembly itself,
and one for the plate the assembly bolts to. I'm still checking, but I think
the plate adjustment
basic in-out, to line up the arm with the blade, while the roller plate
is of course to true
the blade to be square to the axis of the cut.
Gods know what kind of crash they had to pop that thing off, but I guess I'll have to figure out some way to fix it.
A few more minutes got the rest disassembled, and it was time to start
cleaning. The roller adjusters
and some other bits were heavily caked
with dried oil or coolant, so the little jar has some solvent,
letting them soak for a day or two.
Now, the one thing that's always bugged me about this machine, is this:
One of the guide arms had been
broken off at the top clamp at some
point, and badly rewelded, broken again and rewelded again.
I'm not yet sure exactly what I want to do with it yet. It seemed to be
holding, although it looks like a crack
in the lower weld, coming off
the left side (down from about 10:00 on the weld) so it may at least
a grind-out and re-reweld. Of course, it's also both MIG and stick weld (you can see a bit of MIG
wire at that bottom lump) which means it was welded, broken, and welded
OR, the stick wasn't holding and they piled some MIG on it, or
Oh, and those thumbscrews, besides being the wrong ones (I'm sure the
originals with the Bakelite handles
were destroyed years ago) apparently
enough big-bruiser types had used this saw often enough that the
of the screws were actually peened down- the screw was too fat to be
removed from the hole.
So I had to wind 'em in all the way, cinch 'em both in place, and bandsaw off about a quarter of an inch of the end.
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